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A hysterotomy is an incision in the uterus, and is performed during a caesarean section. Hysterotomies are also performed during fetal surgery, and various gynaecological procedures.[citation needed]

In fetal surgery, without inhibition of uterine contractions, premature labor is a complication that occurs in 100% of hysterotomy cases.[1] It can be inhibited by tocolytics.[2]

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  1. ^ Assad, R. S.; Hanley, F. L. (1998). "Artificial placenta--a need for fetal surgery?". The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 115 (5): 1021–1022. doi:10.1016/S0022-5223(98)70400-3. PMID 9605070. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2010-11-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Sutton LN (February 2008). "Fetal surgery for neural tube defects". Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 22 (1): 175–88. doi:10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2007.07.004. PMC 2293328. PMID 17714997.